Operation Write Home



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About Operation Write Home:

In 2007, Sandy Allnock heard a radio story about a Texas woman who had sent 1,000 cards to her deployed son’s unit. That seemed like a mighty nice way to get rid of the cards gathering around her own craft room, so she went to a message board to ask some friends about it. “Anyone know where we could send all our cards?”

It seemed that someone should have an organization like this already. It was too obvious. Her friends didn’t know of an organization, but one Soldier, a nurse stationed at a Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq, replied, “Hi. I lurk here whenever I have access to a computer,” she said. “I can tell you we would love to have home made cards to send to loved ones for the holidays. I miss my stamping and scrapbooking supplies. It means so much that people take time out of their busy schedules. I will be a point of contact.”

The friends on that message board began collecting their cards, sending boxes, and soon the little grup had to find more deployed contacts, due to the number of cards coming in. Then recruiting more crafters was needed as more heroes were added to the roster. Others helped in processing and shipping cards, Sandy kept the shipping bills funded out-of-pocket, and eventually the first website was developed under the name CardsforHeroes.org. Growth quickly took over, and the upward curve of the project only steepened as more people heard about it and wanted to help.

We always wonder what we can do to help our soldiers that are risking their lives to keep us safe. If you are a card maker, you can help buy sending cards to Operation Write Home. OWH will then package up the cards and send them to soldiers to write home to their loved ones. This is a great organization and let’s you be creative in the process. 

There are certain guidelines you need to follow for the cards to keep soldiers safe. I will post a summary of the guidelines. You can see a detailed explanation of the guidelines here.

1. Safety  

*No glitter. Really! 

2. Efficiency 

*A2 sized cards only, and include envelopes.

*Stamp the backs of your cards with our full name.

*Line cards made with dark cardstock.

*Limit multiples.

*Even a small quantity of cards is ok.

*Watch the deadlines!

*Include a packing slip.

*Watch for your E-receipt.

3. Specific requests by heroes and their families

*Use quality supplies.

*Some dimension is okay – and is loved.

*Card themes.-Remember who’s sending these cards: adults.

*Kids MUST make AnyHero cards ONLY.

*Absolutely NO storebought cards.

*Limit photo cards.

*NO handwritten sentiments.

The deadlines for certain holiday cards are very strictly upheld. It takes awhile to get all the cards organized and shipped out in time. Here is the page for deadlines.

If you are creative and love to make cards, please consider making cards for this worthy cause.

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  1. Maria Oller says:

    I wish I knew how to make or craft some nice cards, such a wonderful idea. I might need to learn some scrap-booking and join thanks for the heads up!

  2. Thanks for this great review of OWH! I send them cards throughout the year, and Sandy is AWESOME!!!

  3. Tamra Phelps says:

    What a great idea! I can see how this would be great for the troops! How else would they get cards to send home?

  4. Niki Mattes says:

    Great Idea, I bet they love to get some extra mail.

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